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Lensbaby Scout with Fisheye Optic for Sony Alpha Mount Digital SLR Cameras


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Sony Alpha
  • Scout
  • Fisheye Optic
  • Aperture Kit
  • Microfiber Bag

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Technical Details

Style: Sony Alpha
  • Brand Name: Lensbabies
  • Model: LBSFES-Scout
  • Minimum focal length: 12 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 12 millimeters
  • Weight: 226 grams

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Product Details

Style: Sony Alpha
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 2.3 x 2.6 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0045C8M72
  • Item model number: LBSFES-Scout
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 12, 2010

Product Description

Style: Sony Alpha

From the Manufacturer

Scout with Fisheye, a fun and affordable manual focus Fisheye SLR camera lens, is available in mounts for all popular SLR camera bodies. Scout, the first Lensbaby lens that does not bend, features the Fisheye Optic, which delivers an ultra-wide 12mm focal length capable of capturing a 160 degree angle of view from infinity all the way down to 1/2 inch from the front of the lens. The Fisheye Optic can also create unique flare effects in an image.

The Scout with Fisheye ships with the Fisheye Optic installed, but photographers can use other Lensbaby Optic Swap System optics such as Soft Focus, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic. With Lensbaby’s selective focus optics, (Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic) the sweet spot of focus will always be centered in the photo.

The Fisheye Optic features a creative lens flare effect that causes the edge areas that would ordinarily be black to glow with color whenever there are bright light sources in the image. This lens flare effect is particularly apparent when shooting with a full frame camera though it is also apparent when shooting with APS-sized sensors.

The ability to focus one half inch in front of the lens provides an extraordinary way to explore macro photography. Get close enough to a flower to nearly touch it--while capturing the entire garden surrounding it in the frame.

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Lensbaby Scout with Fisheye Optic highlights

Scout Specs and Features
  • Straight in and out manual focusing
  • Ships with the Fisheye optic installed
  • Smooth manual focus mechanism
  • Exceptional build quality
  • Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • Available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, and Olympus 4/3rds SLR camera lenses.
  • Size/Weight: up to 2.28" (5.79cm) high x 2.61" (6.63cm) in diameter/ 8 oz (226.8g)
Fisheye Optic Specs and Features
  • Focal Length: 12mm
  • 160 degree angle of view
  • Focuses from 1/2 inch to infinity
  • Creative flare effect fills border around image circle with colors from bright light sources in the photo
  • Six multi-coated glass elements
  • Maximum aperture of f/4, aperture disks that range from f/5.6 to f/22
  • Removable disk aperture system
Scout with Fisheye Optic Box Contents
  • Scout
  • Fisheye Optic
  • Aperture Kit
  • Microfiber Bag

Product Description

Scout with Fisheye, a fun and affordable manual focus Fisheye SLR camera lens, is available in mounts for all popular SLR camera bodies. Scout, the first Lensbaby lens that does not bend, features the Fisheye Optic, which delivers an ultra-wide 12mm focal length capable of capturing a 160 degree angle of view from infinity all the way down to 1/2 inch from the front of the lens. The Fisheye Optic can also create unique flare effects in an image. The Scout with Fisheye ships with the Fisheye Optic installed, but photographers can use other Lensbaby Optic Swap System optics such as Soft Focus, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic. With Lensbaby's selective focus optics, (Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic) the sweet spot of focus will always be centered in the photo. The Fisheye Optic features a creative lens flare effect that causes the edge areas that would ordinarily be black to glow with color whenever there are bright light sources in the image. This lens flare effect is particularly apparent when shooting with a full frame camera though it is also apparent when shooting with APS-sized sensors.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David A Fair on September 9, 2011
Style Name: Sony Alpha
This is a great addition to the LensBaby line, and allows you to get creative in a lot of new ways.

The product is made up of two distinct parts, the Scout Lens Assembly, and the Fisheye optic.

The Scout lens assembly works with all your LensBaby optics, focuses smoothly and is well built and solid. Unlike the Composer or Muse, this unit does not bend, flex, or twist. When you use optics with a sweet spot of focus, that sweet spot will always be perfectly centered.

The real joy here, comes from the 12mm Fisheye Optic, however. Unlike most LensBaby Optics, it is sharp from edge-to-edge, and that feature means it works great with the Scout Assembly. It will work with the other lens housings, but benefits from their unique features less than other optics do, as the point of being able to move a sweet spot of focus is a bit lost if all spots are the sweet spot. The main features of the fisheye optic are the incredibly sharp edges, the round field of view, and the intentional light leaks that allow for great unexpected creative effects that make it a real joy to have and to use.

Highly recommended for users who don't mind focusing manually and setting aperture in that unique LensBaby fashion...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jrod on August 22, 2011
Style Name: Canon EF Verified Purchase
This is a good lens for a very reasonable price. I was looking for a fisheye for an effect lens, not an every day shooting experience. I am pleased with the decision, and it was well worth the price paid. Since the lens is strictly manual focus I may upgrade my camera's focusing screen to help with the up-close shots. Some more info for people thinking about this lens: It does have minor corner vignetting on an aps-c sensor, full frame cameras will have a circular fisheye effect, it can focus on things as close as .5", items more than 6' away will be in the infinite focus range so focusing is easy at moderate distances.

Enjoy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NathanBenjamin on January 11, 2012
Style Name: Sony Alpha Verified Purchase
I shoot with a a Sony A65 and shopped around for a Fish-eye Lens. I was debating on dropping the $850.00 on a Sony lens or the $650.00 on a sigma but am happy i didn't at this point in my photography career. I dropped the 250.00 and went with lens baby and couldn't be more satisfied with the fish-eye lens. It is very fishy! although it is manual focus, which i actually prefer, it is one hell of a deal if you are going for the fish-eye look for cheap!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Glowacki on September 7, 2011
Style Name: Nikon Verified Purchase
What a great value for the money. A Fish Eye and a Macro wrapped into one. This lens has a bit of a learning curve - it takes some experimentation to get the exposure correct. The photos are sharp and I cannot believe how close you can get to your subject. And the Fish Eye effect - what fun!
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Style Name: Canon EF Verified Purchase
Honestly, I really like the Lensbaby stuff before this purchase,so I am a bit biased and don't care. The Scout feels like a precision piece of metal in my hand and the lens moves with it flawlessly. It is easy to mount to my 7D and it takes a great picture. I played with some of the aperture disc for the FE and found that they are a bit hit and miss which to me is fun - maybe a bother to others (others who probably should have bought a traditional FE) I used it with my LB - Edge 80 and found it to be a cool way to be certain I was 100% centered which made the 80 suitable for being a portrait lens with a great sharp picture. Have mounted the LB-Double glass with macro lens and it really is nice to be able to use that lens in a locked in manor as well. Given all it does and the price I paid I wonder why you would need to spend more on something that does not give a lot more bang for the buck? Love it!
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By Jimmy Lin on January 27, 2014
Style Name: Canon EF Verified Purchase
I took this lens to Cambodia, along with the Rokinon 8mm Fisheye and a few other lenses. The Lensbaby Fisheye was by far the funnest lens to shoot with.

In addition to getting a nice wide angle on things, it can serve as a macro lens substitute.

Pictures are clear, color reproduction is great.

Highly recommend for those who want to explore with their photography.
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